Obnoxious vs Cheeky - What's the difference?

obnoxious | cheeky |


As adjectives the difference between obnoxious and cheeky

is that obnoxious is extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible while cheeky is (informal) impudent; impertinent; impertinently bold, often in a way that is regarded as endearing or amusing.

obnoxious

English

Alternative forms

* obnoctious (obsolete)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible.
  • He was an especially obnoxious and detestable specimen of a man.
    Throwing stones at the bus is another example of your obnoxious behaviour.
  • (archaic) exposed to harm or injury.
  • * 1661 , , page 26,
  • To begin then with his Experiment of the burning Wood, it seems to me to be obnoxious to not a few considerable Exceptions.

    cheeky

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • (informal) Impudent; impertinent; impertinently bold, often in a way that is regarded as endearing or amusing.
  • * 1899 , , Stalky & Co. , chaper 4:
  • "Shut up," said Harrison. "You chaps always behave as if you were jawin' us when we come to jaw you."
    "You're a lot too cheeky ," said Craye.
  • * 1909 , , The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England , chaper 7:
  • The Young Turks, as might have been expected, wrote in their customary flippant, cheeky style.

    Synonyms

    * saucy * insolent * See